More than 3,700 alumni, parents, and friends have answered Dartmouth’s ongoing Call to Lead campaign with gifts to the Geisel School of Medicine.
After postponing last year’s Alumni Awards Ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geisel School of Medicine recognized the 2020 and 2021 honorees in a virtual celebration on May 6.
Matias J. Vega MED ’78 has given a lifetime of service to the underserved, dedicating himself to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Now, he’s being recognized for that work with a Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award in Lifetime Achievement from Dartmouth College.
A new $10 million gift commitment from a Dartmouth medical school alumnus is the third largest gift in the school’s history and the largest commitment received to date by the Geisel School of Medicine as part of The Call to Lead, Dartmouth’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Combined with a bequest commitment of approximately $1 million from a second alumnus, the gifts will add $11 million to the school’s scholarship endowment, significantly increasing financial aid for medical students.
Susan Harper MED ’84, died on Wednesday, January 29 in Hanover, NH. Harper served as an assistant dean for medical education and residency advisor at Geisel until 2018. For nearly 30 years she guided medical students through an often-stressful process of moving from medical school to residency.
Alumna Rachel Solotaroff MED ’01 will receive the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for Ongoing Commitment in recognition of her work with Central City Concern, a Portland, Ore., organization serving adults and families who are affected by homelessness, poverty, and addictions.
At Geisel’s fifth annual Alumni Awards ceremony on April 12, five alumni were honored for service to the medical school and for their career achievements.
Surgical pioneer Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, D ’87 MED ’91, describes how majoring in religion while taking premed courses helped her grow her mind.
Ben Barres, MD, PhD MED ’79, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and outspoken advocate for equality and inclusion in science, died December 27, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA.
Dartmouth medical alumnus Russell Andrews (MED ’78)—a neurosurgeon in California—has been part of a collaboration between NASA and the Mayo Clinic to develop a new wireless nanoelectrode that could help people with Parkinson’s disease.